Computer maker Apple has announced plans to deliver models of its Macintosh computers using Intel microprocessors by this time next year, and to transition all of its Macs to using Intel microprocessors by the end of 2007. The change ends Apple's long-time relationship with supplier International Business Machines Corp. (IBM).
Apple previewed a version of its critically acclaimed operating system, Mac OS X Tiger, running on an Intel-based Mac to the more 3,800 developers attending the company's Worldwide Developer Conference. Apple also announced the availability of a Developer Transition Kit, consisting of an Intel-based Mac development system along with preview versions of Apple’s software, which will allow developers to prepare versions of their applications which will run on both PowerPC and Intel-based Macs.
"Our goal is to provide our customers with the best personal computers in the world, and looking ahead Intel has the strongest processor roadmap by far," said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. "It’s been 10 years since our transition to the PowerPC, and we think Intel’s technology will help us create the best personal computers for the next 10 years."
Paul Otellini, president and CEO of Intel, said the chipo maker is "thrilled to have the world’s most innovative personal computer company" as its newest customer. "Apple helped found the PC industry and throughout the years has been known for fresh ideas and new approaches," Mr. Otellini said. "We look forward to providing advanced chip technologies, and to collaborating on new initiatives, to help Apple continue to deliver innovative products for years to come.”
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